Two Distinguished Lectures on Bhutan: The Land of the Thunder Dragon and Gross National Happiness

Wednesday 9th January 2019, Sheldonian Theatre, University of Oxford, 3.00pm- 6.30pm

The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) was delighted to host an afternoon of two Distinguished Public Lectures on Bhutan, by the Former Prime Minister of Bhutan, His Excellency Dasho Tshering Tobgay, and the President of the Center for Bhutan Studies & Gross National Happiness, Dasho Karma Ura.

Event details, 9th January 2019, Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford:

3:00-4:30pm His Excellency Dasho Tshering Tobgay spoke on Does Bhutan Matter? Stories from a Young Democracy, chaired by the former Chairman of the General Board, University of Oxford, Dr Ralph Walker.

5:00-6:30pm Dasho Dr Karma Ura gave a lecture on Development with Integrity: Bhutan’s Development and its Gross National Happiness Index, chaired by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Professor Louise Richardson. Discussants included Martine Durand (Chief Statistician, OECD) and James Foster (Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University).

This event was part of the International Society of Bhutan Studies (ISBS) launch conference, taking place at Magdalen College, Oxford during 8-10th January 2019.  The conference sought to develop the study of Bhutanese culture, life and nature in all aspects and encourage, inspire and motivate interest in lesser known aspects and promote and strengthen the areas of existing concentration. ISBS exists primarily to encourage academic exchange, among both Bhutanese and foreign scholars, and secondarily to contribute to the happiness of future generations.

For more information about ISBS, please view their website.

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